Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed worrisome health concerns and cellulite treatments on the Feb. 26 episode of the Dr. Oz Show ("What Worrywarts Should Worry About").
Some people worry about every little health issue in the news, but Dr. Oz said the main health concerns are the overuse of antibiotics and germ-filled public restrooms.
Dr. Oz said many people indiscriminately take antibiotics for fear of superbugs, or multi-resistant bacteria. But he said the overuse of antibiotics is partly responsible for the proliferation of these antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
Dr. Oz said you should not take antibiotics to treat viral infections like a cold or flu, which go away on their own. You should only take antibiotics for bacterial infections. By taking them for both viral and bacterial infections, you actually kill off good bacteria and weaken your immune system, so use caution when popping these powerful pills.
Dr. Oz said another major topic of worry is the use of public restrooms. Many people worry that you can catch a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or a bug from using a public toilet. Dr. Oz said there has never been a documented case of anyone getting an STD from a public toilet, which is the cleanest place in a public restroom.
Dr. Oz said you are more likely to get sick from touching the door lock on your bathroom stall or the faucet on the sink than from touching a public toilet. The best way to avoid infection is to wash your hands for 20 seconds after using the restroom, dry your hands thoroughly, and use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and to open the door when exiting.
Cellulite-Fighting Treatments: Diet, Scrub and Massager
On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz revealed how you can eliminate cellulite, which 90% of women have. He conducted a five-day experiment with several audience members, who reported excellent results after taking the advice of his expert guest panel.
Dr. Oz's guests were registered dietician Carolyn Brown, dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf, and plastic surgeon Dr. Haideh Hirmand, who revealed their solutions for getting rid of cellulite:
1. Dietary approach. Carolyn said your diet exacerbates cellulite, with sugar being the biggest culprit. Brown recommended cutting back on sugar intake and consume cellulite-reducing foods like pineapple. She also suggested taking bromelain supplement. Bromelain is an extract derived from the stems of pineapples that has been shown to boost fat cell metabolism and reduce dimpling.
2. Anti-cellulite massager. Dr. Hirmand is a plastic surgeon and beauty expert who said a suction massager minimizes cellulite by releasing fat cells, restoring firmness, and stimulating blood circulation.
3. Homemade cellulite scrub. Dr. Graf, a dermatologist, recommended a seaweed scrub that can reduce cellulite by stimulating circulation: